Archive for the 'Vendors' Category

MADE IN ‘MERICA, YEAH…!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

As a child in the early ’60s, at a time when the label Made In Japan was looked upon with scorn, I remember a meme (almost certainly malicious and false) that those wily Japanese had renamed one of their cities Usa so that they might flood our markets with cheap (mostly tin rather than plastic) […]

BAD GOVERNMENT, BUT GOOD BUSINESS…?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Way back in 2006 Walmart fired a serious shot across the bows of the Bentonvile Behemoths pharmacy competitors by announcing $4/month prices on a wide range of generic pharmaceuticals. Of course there were twists and turns, but the company pushed ahead. Now Walmart seems intent on taking a further step in the price war for […]

WALMART HAS ANOTHER ASK FOR VENDORS…

Monday, May 9th, 2016

When Walmart needs to slash costs the Bentonvile Behemoth turns first to the serfs who till the fields vendors that supply product for the company’s shelves. Why divert any of the stockholders’ profits when others can be made to pay? Why indeed. In the ongoing struggle with Amazon for online parity, if not dominance, Walmart […]

WALMART’S 21ST CENTURY LINK TO SLAVERY…

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Yes, I know, Walmart is not the only bad actor in this story. The headline on Jane Reed’s story—Wal-Mart, Sysco And Fancy Feasts May Be Getting Their Products From Slaves clearly tells the reader that the link goes beyond the Bentonvile Behemoth. Reed goes further in the body of her story to list The supply […]

WALMART SUPPLIERS ROAR NO MAS…!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Walmart has squeezed and squeezed and squeezed. Literally strangling American companies until they withered away or fled the country making every effort to please the Beast of Bentonvile. The retail world no longer revolves around Bentonville, Arkansas, however, and vendor no longer roll over and bare their throats line defeated curs. Shannon Pettypiece and Matthew […]

WALMART’S GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS…

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Last Wednesday I added an In Other Walmart News link to the headline Wal-Mart Warns Its Suppliers Over Labeling Laws. As reported by Paul Ziobro for the Wall Street Journal, the news seemed fairly banal. Evan Schuman, in The real message behind Walmart’s supplier pricing memo, for Computerworld goes deeper and provides analysis: Walmart has […]

CAN UGLY BECOME A TREND AT WALMART…?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A week-ago Sunday, John Oliver schooled Americans on he obscene amount of food that we throw away because we don’t think the fruits and vegetables are pretty enough. Earlier this week Jordan Figueiredo, founder of @UglyFruitandVeg and Stefanie Sacks, author of What the Fork Are You Eating? launched an online petition calling on Walmart and […]

THE CHICKENS MAY BE BACK FOR WALMART…

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Just as the cost of acquiring a new customer is a magnitude greater than that of retaining an existing customer, Americans, and Walmart, are learning that bringing jobs back to the United States will be far more difficult and expensive than the costs that might have been paid to retain those jobs in the first […]

WALMART SQUEEZING SUPPLIERS, AGAIN…

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Walmart is infamous for squeezing suppliers until they pop. American companies like Rubbermaid have been crushed because they could not meet Walmart’s demands and stay in a business where they treated their employees like humans and not interchangeable drones. Walmart has raised wages and now the Bentonvile Behemoth needs to squeeze those dollars from anywhere […]

WALMART’S SAVINGS TO COME FROM SUPPLIERS…

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The central question weaving through all the news of Walmart’s decision to raise wages has been where is the money going to come from to pay for the wage bump? Now we have an idea—hint, the money will not be coming from Walmart’s profits and stock dividends. Walmart wants suppliers to pick up the slack. […]

WALMART AS A FORCE FOR GOODINESS…?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I don’t have the figure at hands, but I can imagine that over the past two or three decades, Walmart has imported tens? hundreds? of billions of dollars worth of cheap plastic crap from China at the expense of Sam Walton’s good-intentioned but failed campaign to champion the Made in America label. Can the company […]

WOMEN OWNED OR WOMEN-OWNED, WHICH…?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

I’m all for women in leadership positions, particularly in Congress, but Walmart’s announcement of another special vendor label bothers me for two reasons. First, for the opportunistic timing. Walmart rolled out this label during Women History Month, a month in which we celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March, last Sunday, the one day each […]

CAN CPCFC* BE BEATEN BACK…?

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Sam Walton had a great idea: make his all-American stores in the American Heartland the hero of American workers by purchasing and selling the American goods they made. Now Walmart sells American flags made in China. What happened? The desire to win happened. The need to grow happened. The yen yuan for obscene bank accounts […]

GLOBALLY, WALMART CAN BE STIFFED…

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

If you buy a lot of limes, as I do, both for cooking and use in adult beverages, you know that the market for limes has been a bit crazy of late. So messed up that I heard one story of drug cartels hijacking shipments. Now that is whacked. Still, business is business and growers […]

ALASKA TO CHINA TO THE UNITED STATES…?

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

I’ve always known that much of the oil from Alaska’s North Slope is tanked to foreign markets, but this morning, buried in a story about Walmart dumping the London-based Marine Stewardship Council certification for sustainability in favor of a less-expensive, home-grown standard from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, I discovered a similar case with Alaskan […]